Bomb threat evacuates Homer Laughlin

NEWELL – A bomb threat Friday morning forced the evacuation of main office personnel at the Homer Laughlin China Co.

Employees were evacuated for about an hour and had returned to work by 11 a.m., company spokesman Dan Williams said.

No explosives were found by company security personnel or Hancock County sheriff’s deputies who responded, Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

The company received a call at 8:50 a.m. from a male saying there was a bomb in the building, Fletcher said. A second call came in at 9:02 a.m., he said.

“It is hard to tell whether something like this is serious,” Williams said, “but you have to treat everyone like it is serious. This is actually a rarity for us.”

Williams said the company followed its security protocols, which includes contacting local law enforcement.

A bomb expert with the West Virginia State Police was contacted and put on standby, Fletcher said.

Williams said the company, one of Hancock County’s largest employers, is continuing its investigation and endeavoring to determine the source of the call.